It was 3 weeks ago today that I had a total knee replacement surgery on my left knee. This is the first time I have felt like sitting at the computer for along time. Sorry it took so long but it is just a little uncomfortable to sit for long periods of time in a straight chair.
I arrived at the hospital around 5:30 am and waited what seemed like forever to be wheeled down to the operating room. Next thing I knew I was waking up and the surgery was done ~ they had me pretty well drugged up so I wasn't in any pain at all and I pretty much slept off and on that whole day. The next day I was suffering from nausea from the anesthesia so my therapy was not as long as it could have been. As far as the surgery went it was a huge success and all is doing very well. I was up and walking the very next day with a walker and I even though I was a little afraid I carried on with the therapy even with my tummy being a little sick. Day by day it got easier and after being in the hospital for 5 days I was released. My biggest worry was going up the stairs of the motorhome but it was really no problem at all. I had the best of care there and the nurses were fabulous. My doctor is excellent and I am so happy that I had a doctor who was up on the latest techniques. The nurses all told me that he had the fastest recovery rates in the county.
After I came home I had a home care nurse and a therapist assigned to me. The nurse came twice a week and the therapist came 3 times a week. They also delivered a CPM machine to exercise my knee and Ice pack machine for me to use for 3 weeks. I spend about 7 hours a day on therapy so when I am not using the machines I just sit and relax which is hard for me to do since I am so fidgety. A few days after coming back home I went from the walker to the cane and then a few days after that I was walking on my own. There is some pain but everyday gets better and better. And of course I am still on pain pills and a sleeping aide to help me get rest at night. I am excited because I know every day will be a day closer to a pain free knee and I will be able to get back to my walking and hiking which I love so much.
Thank you so much for all the well wishes and I will try to get back on more often... Hard to write about just sitting around recovering... LOL LOL
Have Fun, Travel Safe & Stay Healthy!!!
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